Suez begins waste operations in Manchester under £1bn contract

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03.06.2019 − 

Suez has begun delivering waste management services in Greater Manchester under new contracts announced by the group last Thursday. Valued at over £1bn (ca. €1.13bn), the contracts with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) run for seven years starting 1 June. The initial term can be extended first for three and then five years, said both Suez and the Authority in separate statements. Suez is to operate the area's recycling centres and to process residual waste into refuse-derived fuel (RDF).

According to the GMCA, the contracts cover the operation of 41 facilities over 24 sites, including four mechanical treatment plants and rail head reception facilities, 20 household waste recycling centres, eight transfer loading stations, the Bolton thermal recovery facility and a materials recovery facility. All together, the company is to process around 1.1 million tonnes of waste per year generated by the region's 2.3 million residents. "As the waste volumes represent 4 per cent of the total UK volume, this new contract will significantly strengthen our activities in the country," said CEO Bertrand Camus.

The services that Suez will deliver were originally part of the public-private partnership contract awarded by Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA), the GMCA's predecessor organisation, to the Viridor Laing consortium. In an effort to save money, the waste authority exited its massive contract early and sought new contractors for some waste management operations. Waste management company Viridor continues to incinerate the RDF produced from Greater Manchester’s residual municipal waste at the Runcorn I plant, and waste collections will continue to be carried out by local borough employees.

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